[identity profile] heathergalaxy.livejournal.com
Hello bitches, I'm back! Did you miss me? I'm back all refreshed to provide you with all the pissed off bloggers upset about the finale. I think it was a good idea, especially if it means my girl Sharon Needles wins over Phi Phi. I only have a handful of reviews to get to you: I think everyone died after realizing there would be no queen crowned on Monday. So let's get on to the whining!

Fierce Black Queen Part 1 and Part 2:"The reason I’m being so hard on you Ru, is because you are THE Dynamic Diva in Drag. Not only have you changed the face of Female Impersonation, but you’ve done so in an entertaining and artistic fashion. You are a consummate professional. The drivel you put out last night was—at best—amateurish, and—at worst—insulting to the intelligence your viewers. "

Hedda Lettuce: The world's bitchiest drag queen columnist gives her opinions: "This week’s episode of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" was one of the worst pieces of reality TV I have seen in a long time. Even the short-lived "Temptation Island," where infidelity on a remote tropical local was condoned, was more entertaining. Granted, it gave me a tropical disease from watching it, which was easily cured with a simple shot of Penicillin. Wet brain on the other hand is not curable. Part of my mind has been mushed into a not-so-fine pate after watching "Drag Race," episode #12."

Houston Chronicle: "Things got intense. Chad’s face actually expressed emotion. Phi Phi’s Flintstone bathing suit grew more ridiculous with each look. Sharon looked half-dead. (Oh, wait …) And then — nothing. After the girls worked the stage to ‘Glamazon,’ Ru tells them the winner is … announced next week. At the reunion. Um, excuse me? What? WHAT. Then why a finale? Why not make next week the finale? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US, RUPAUL. (I seriously fielded texts, phone calls, tweets and facebook messages about this within the span of about 10 minutes.)"

Queerty: "RuPaul informs us that the winner will be announced next week during the reunion show. Oh, and we’re supposed to tweet who we think the winner should be with #dragrace. Tweets will help determine the result. Seriously? You might as well tell me that the Next Drag Superstar will be determined by Klout score. Commence silent outrage.
I now have to leave these ridiculous party decorations up for another week? By then the RuPaul shrine might be set ablaze by my angry houseguests. And don’t even get me started on the commemorative “Everybody say ‘love!’” tattoo on my forearm!"

Rochester City Paper: "I guess we'll call that the finale that wasn't. The finales for "Drag Race" have historically been controversial. In Season 1 you had the widely adored Nina Flowers losing to the also-awesome Bebet Zahara Benet. In Season 3 you had Ru giving the nod to edgy, unconventional queen Raja instead of polished-but-mainstream Manila Luzon. In Season 2 the vast majority of the viewership - me included - was baffled and enraged by the win going to unlikable Tyra Sanchez over Jujubee or Raven. But this "finale"? This is probably going to be the most controversial yet. And I think that's brilliant."

Tom and Lorenzo: "Look, we enjoy the self-referential and irreverent take on reality competitions that this show trades in, but this really goes beyond winking at the audience or satirizing the form. This was just a naked grab to extend the proceedings another week. We suppose the ratings on the reunion show aren’t as high as the (so-called) finale, but moving the announcement of the winner back another week was a shitty thing to do, especially since they waited until the very last minute of the show to let us all know. It was bad enough that they’re making us wait until the reunion to find out why a contestant was kicked off the show for violating the rules, but to make us wait another week to find out the winner shows a distinct and unpleasant lack of respect for the audience. This show isn’t exactly a ratings bonanza and it’s only on the air (and the only hit LOGO’s had in … well, ever) because of a devoted audience of core fans. It’s a really shitty way to treat that audience and to make matters worse, we don’t believe for one second that any of the fan voting will make any difference regarding who’s going to win. With as much disrespect as this show’s demonstrated this season toward its fans, that may be the worst part of all."

eep!

Jul. 25th, 2010 11:35 pm
[identity profile] anansie-s.livejournal.com
I've seen a few rumours suggesting that Ru recently got sick while filming season 3 and that they've had to put off production until he recovers -- Here, here and here (warning: the 2nd and 3rd links also contain spoilers for the supposed cast of season 3). Hopefully they're all lies! And if not, please send him healing vibes or whatever superstition works for you.
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* RuPaul's Drag U Series Premiere Recap: To judge or not to judge such tragic figures?

* On RuPaul and a narrow view of womanhood ("...to purposefully take three women who are vulnerable and unsure of themselves and put them before a panel of judges to tell them what is wrong with their expression of womanhood is discomfiting and irresponsible.")

*"Rupaul's Drag U" Brings Back the Queens ("... doesn't this contradict what I thought was the central tenet of drag: that "beauty" doesn't have anything to do with gender — that it's about expressing to the world the person you feel inside?")

* Reyna talks about being on Drag U (@ feministsforchoice)
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* Here's a pretty picture from the cover of Out Magazine in 1993 )

* And perhaps the sweetest of RuPaul's music videos. 'Back to my Roots' from the same year, all about Black hair: Flat Top Fade? Very Contemporary )

* A ridiculous but oddly funny review of Ru's new book -- The Future Shipwreck Book Club: Life Lessons from the Drag Mother of the World -- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

* For Ongina fans: When WOW runner Blake Jacobs gives "RuPaul's Drag Race" fave Ongina a ride to the red carpet for Logo's 2010 NewNowNext Awards, they talk boy troubles, red carpet fashion choices and Ongina's role on "RuPaul's Drag U."  Video here.

Finally!

May. 7th, 2010 12:22 pm
[identity profile] kapvik.livejournal.com
It took forever, but my reviews of The Grand Finale and Reunited! are up.

WARNING: Ginormous soapbox alert for "Reunited!" Seriously, if you were wishing that Tatianna would have shut the fuck up, I will probably get on your nerves with this. But hey, if you really have a problem with it, write your own scathing review blog.
[identity profile] kapvik.livejournal.com
Real life got in the way for a while, but my recap for "The Diva Awards" is now
up.
[identity profile] kapvik.livejournal.com
My recap of the travesty that caused America to turn on RuPaul is up. WARNING: the following contains material that may be offensive to fans of old people, Raven, Tyra, and others I've forgotten to mention, and may not be suitable for all readers. The author is not responsible or liable if you decide to go out and beat up old people or Santino Rice as a result, because your ass should be smart enough not to do that shit because of something you read on the Internet. Reader discretion is advised.

If you don't know who Sashayed Away in this episode, don't read the next part. )
[identity profile] anansie-s.livejournal.com
Image and video hosting by TinyPicBest episode this season, y/y? Before anything else: Shirtless, nameless hunks this season? You're awesome!! Well done. Loved the sell.

Ru’s idea of Ladyboy night-on-the-town essentials: Brass fucking knuckles? Pepper spray? And a really nice wig! I love Ru. She has lived and is brilliant. Also, only she can so effortlessly make “We’ve been out stimulating the economy” sound so charming and so dirty.

A little review and the main video highlights here, from Jezebel.

Funniest lines this week:

I want to hug everything that Jessica says. Such as her response to “Who’s going to be in the bottom two?”

“Being bottom is not bad.”

 Important life lessons )

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